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Professional Curriculum

Electives


The intent of offering elective courses is to provide students with an opportunity to engage in learning experiences beyond those included in the required curriculum. Consistent with ACPE standards for professional programs leading to the Doctor of Pharmacy degree, multiple opportunities are provided throughout the curriculum for students to take elective courses that develop areas of personal interest, to expand understanding of professional opportunities, and to achieve the outcomes of the curriculum.

The following policies apply to courses that can be taken for elective credit:

  1. A course for elective credit can be offered to and taken by any student in the first three years of the curriculum (P1-P3) provided: a) the student has satisfied the prerequisites for the course and b) the course does not conflict with other courses being taken by the student.
  2. Independent study courses may be used to meet elective requirements of the curriculum provided that the course does not conflict with other courses being taken by the student. 
  3. The content of an elective must be tied to the School's ability-based outcomes and complement or enhance the core curriculum. 
  4. Students are encouraged to take elective courses in more than one topic area.  In addition, students may take more than the required number of credit hours of elective courses.
  5. For elective courses in which the number of students is limited, those students needing to fulfill their minimal elective requirements (i.e., have less than the required credit hours of elective courses) will be given highest priority and in the following order:  P3s first, P2s second, P1s third and lastly any student who has already completed the required credit hours of elective courses. After these criteria have been met, allocation will be on order of registration. Extenuating academic circumstances may dictate a change in this order.
  6. Additional tuition expenses may be incurred for elective courses taken during the summer.
  7. All elective course requirements must be completed before a student is permitted to progress to the P4 year.

 

Students graduating in 2016 and beyond

Students in the University of Colorado Doctor of Pharmacy program who graduate in 2016 and after are required to complete a minimum of six elective credit hours, in three different courses, of which two credit hours must be "P3 only" electives offered in the spring of the P3 year.

 

Electives

 PHRD 7801/7802: Principles of Clinical Pharmacology (P3 only)

The course provides students with a foundational knowledge of clinical pharmacology, including pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, assessment of drug effects, optimizing patient therapy and drug discovery and development. It is grounded in weekly topical lectures, supplemented by readings, discussion and assignments. PHRD 7801 is taught in the fall semester and is a prerequisite for PHRD 7802, which is taught in the spring semester. However students taking PHRD 7801 are not required to continue with PHRD 7802. (Each course is 3 credit hours.)

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 PHRD 7810: Applied Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research Methods (P2 only)

Students completing this course will be able to identify and write a clinical research question; identify variables for analyses; complete intermediate statistical analyses to answer their research question; write-up their study as a scientific manuscript; and present their research orally.

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 PHRD 7820: Managing Your Pharmacy Career (P2 only)

This course provides students with examples of career choices that pharmacists have throughout their careers. Beyond presenting just the options, this course is formatted to give the students practice at making choices and being prepared to create and pursue opportunities.

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 PHRD 7825: Issues in Substance Abuse & Dependence

This course will explore substance abuse over a broad range of topics including the neurobiology and causes of substance abuse; prescription drug abuse; issues related to acute intoxication, overdose and withdrawal; and social controversies such as the legalization of marijuana.

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 PHRD 7840: Caring for the Psychiatric Patient (P3 only)

This course builds on Pharmacotherapy 5 by addressing clinical, social, economic and ethical aspects of psychiatric care. Student teams examine psychiatric disease states from the patient’s point of view, evaluate patient cases, write therapeutic plans, and role play patient education.

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 PHRD 7850: Geriatric Pharmacy (P3 only)

This course is intended to provide the student with a glimpse into the interdisciplinary care model for geriatric patients, as well as common medical, psychological and social issues encountered when caring for older adults. It is also intended to provide students with opportunities to further develop problem solving (including developing a pharmacy care plan) for use in an interdisciplinary setting.

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 PHRD 7857: Compounding (P2 only)

By the completion of the course students will have a fundamental understanding of the principles and practices involved in both the development and the production of compounded dosage forms by applying pharmaceutical principles. The course is set in modules in which a student will have outside videos, readings and assignments due prior to class. During class, the student will actively apply the learned knowledge by evaluating prescriptions, performing calculations and compounding various products.

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 PHRD 7860: Complementary and Alternate Medicine

This course is designed to develop a broad knowledge base in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). This lecture and interactive course will cover common vitamins and minerals, herbal products, and bio-identical hormones, as well as briefly touching on core CAM domains and discussions of regulatory issues. It is also intended to provide students with opportunities to further develop problem solving, literature searching, and communication skills.

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 PHRD 7865: Film and Health Care

This elective is designed to encourage pharmacy students to reflect upon the humanistic issues associated with health, disease and treatment through the lenses of film and literature. It is anticipated that the course will promote an understanding of how the representation of a situation can influence the perception of disease and treatment and, in so doing, enhance a student's ability to empathize and communicate more effectively with individual patients and the general public.

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 PHRD 7870: Pediatric Pharmacy (P3 only)

This course will be offered to students interested in developing and fostering their knowledge and assessment of childhood diseases and inpatient pharmacotherapy. Clinical pharmacy specialists and staff from The Children’s Hospital of Denver will teach this course. This course is intended to provide students with a more advanced understanding of both common and uncommon disease states in acutely and chronically ill children. An emphasis on pharmacotherapy as well as common medical, psychological, and social issues encountered when caring for pediatric inpatients will be discussed.

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 PHRD 7880: Women’s Health (P2 only)

This course will address the clinical, social, economic, and ethical aspects of women’s health care. The course is designed to augment coursework previously encountered in other courses of the doctor of pharmacy curriculum. Recent advances in pharmacotherapy, therapeutic management strategies, healthcare professional and patient interactions, and controversial issues will be included and emphasized. This course will require student-directed acquisition of necessary knowledge, application of evidence-based pharmacy care in the management of women’s health issues, and development of critical thinking and communication skills.

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 PHRD 7885: Acute Care Therapy (P3 only)

This course will address the pharmacology and appropriate clinical use of agents used in the treatment of selected acute disorders found in hospitalized patients. The course will also focus on the comprehensive management of these acute disorders. Recent advances in pharmacotherapy, patient-specific management strategies, and controversial issues will be included and emphasized. The purpose of this course is to provide a more comprehensive and in-depth background in acute care pharmacotherapy for students interested in, or planning to practice in, the institutional setting in which acute care issues are more commonly encountered. The course is designed to augment coursework previously encountered in other courses of the basic doctor of pharmacy curriculum. This course will emphasize student-directed acquisition of necessary knowledge and application of evidence-based pharmaceutical care in the management of acute disorders presented in a case-based format.

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 PHRD 7890: Advanced Oncology Pharmacy (P3 only)

Cancer incidence in the US is increasing as our population ages. Treatment strategies improve survival, patients who have received/are receiving treatment for cancer are increasingly common in the health care system. Pharmacists in all settings will encounter these patients thus making it important that pharmacists are knowledgeable regarding cancer disease types and their complex treatment regimens. This course will expand upon and add to the oncology knowledge learned in Pharmacotherapy 7. Students will learn pathophysiology and treatment of solid organ and hematologic malignancies, the practical use of antineoplastic agents, and provision of supportive care for patients being treated for cancer.

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 PHRD 7895: Beginning Medical Spanish

This Beginning Medical Spanish course, tailored for pharmacy students, is an opportunity to become comfortable with conversational Spanish and medical vocabulary in various pharmaceutical contexts. Language learning is both academic and experiential. You will need to memorize new vocabulary, think about how it pulls together to form a complete thought, and practice! Therefore, each class session will include a combination of review, new learning, and a lot of practice! The best way to approach it is to be relaxed and not care about making mistakes with the language. So, be ready to relax, experiment, and learn Spanish! This is a conversational centered class and very interactive.

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 PHRD 7896: Intermediate Medical Spanish

This Intermediate Medical Spanish course, tailored for pharmacy students, is an opportunity to become comfortable with conversational Spanish and medical vocabulary in various pharmaceutical contexts. Language learning is both academic and experiential. You will need to memorize new vocabulary, think about how it pulls together to form a complete thought, and practice! Therefore, each class session will include a combination of review, new learning, and a lot of practice! The best way to approach it is to be relaxed and not care about making mistakes with the language. So, be ready to relax, experiment, and learn Spanish! This is a conversational centered class and very interactive.

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